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15 Stephen King Stories Made Into Films

The Running Man (1987)

What other Stephen King screen adaptation can boast a cast that included not one but two future U.S. governors? Only The Running Man, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the lead and Jesse Ventura in a smaller role. The story, based on the novel of the same name written under King's nom de plume Richard Bachman, is set in the year 2017. America is a police state where criminals have the opportunity to run for their freedom on a weirdly ahead-of-its-time reality show. The movie did well when it was released, earning almost $40 million, and reviews were decent, especially for a story that King reportedly penned in less than three days.